Nothing But Net all-day free throw marathon raises money for Special Olympics
Debbie Antonelli, women’s basketball hall of famer and basketball analyst, spent 24 hours shooting 100 free throws every hour, on the hour.
She created and organized the event, now in its fifth year, as a way to raise money for the Special Olympics. Inspired by her son, Frankie, a Special Olympics athlete. The entire 24 hours are live streamed, with the time in between free throw shooting filled by interviews with special guests. Including sports and media figures like Robin Roberts, Mike Krzyzewski, Caitlin Clark, and many more.
She holds the event each year in her driveway in South Carolina. And this year, Praters donated an outdoor court with the NBN logo branding and game lines.
“I mean, my son, Frankie, is my motivation.” Debbie said in an interview with Charleston’s WCSC. “I thought all the years that sport has impacted his life around the Special Olympics, that this was a wonderful opportunity for us to try to do something with our platform, and I have the ability to shoot free throws.”
In the five years since the first event, the Nothing But Net fundraiser has expanded to more states. These states include North Carolina, Minnesota, and Pennsylvania. And the hope is that it will continue to expand throughout the United States in the years to come. With expansion, every dollar will continue to benefit the Special Olympics.
“When the donations come in and the number keeps rising, it’s emotional,” she said in an interview with Saturday Road. “When I get to the last 100, especially this year being Mother’s Day, there’s something really powerful about that. Those last 100 are going to be probably my toughest 100 because my mother’s going to be here, my 3 boys are going to be here. It’s that personal to me.”
In the last five years, Nothing But Net has brought in more than $700,000 for the Special Olympics. Donations are open – if you’d like to contribute to a great cause, click here.